My 3rd great grandfather was in company C 4th regiment volunteer Delaware during the Civil War

I am interested in finding out if my 3rd great grandfather was a galvanized pow volunteer to company C 4th regiment  in Delaware. His name is John Zebley. He was born and raised in New Castle County. I have his walking cane with the inscription referring to his service. 

Susan Alavi


    Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

    We are responding to your inquiry pertaining to information of a possible galvanized POW volunteer by the name of John Zebley, who served with Company C, 4th Delaware Infantry.

    In NARA's Catalog, we identified the following NAID # 46213350 pertaining to Private/Sergeant John Zebley, Company C, 4th Delaware Infantry. It appears as if Sgt. Zebley was demoted to a Private.

    We were able to identify these military service records under Record Group 94: Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Series: Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War.

    We hope this assists you with your research!


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  • Hi Susan,

    - Some of the 4th DE records are available online fron DE State Archives 

    I found his Service record on Fold-3 -Check with your local library as some have free access to ncestry & possibly Fold-3   The DE CW Service Cards are digitized on Fold-3 - some local llibraries have free access to Ancestry & smetimes Fold-3 so check with yours.

     He was mustered Aug 11 1862 for 3-yr term [21 yrs old - Occupation: Cooper] -was promoted to Sgt Sept 20 1862 & was on detached duty with the Provost Guard in Wilmington.  For some reason he was reduced back to Pvt on Nov 17 1862 & remained a pvt. till his discharge June 1865  There are over 20 images in his service record but I can send you some that will give you the basic info


    - He is listed present through Dec 1863



    He also has a pension record - you will need the application & certificate numbers on this Index Card to request his pension records

    - I am interested as to why you suspected he was a galvanized POW?